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SAFETY TOOLBOX TRAINING SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS


SUPERVISOR INSTRUCTIONS: Use toolbox trainings to spark safety discussions during monthly meetings with employees Submit the employee sign-in sheet to your designated administrative assistant /training coordinator as a record of training

Slips, trips, and falls are frequent causes of accidents both on and off the job. According to OSHA, slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents and result in back injuries, strains and sprains, contusions, and fractures. Additionally, they cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. What causes slips, trips, and falls? A slip occurs when there is too little traction or friction between the shoe and walking surface. A trip occurs when a persons foot contacts an object or drops to a lower level unexpectedly, causing them to be thrown off-balance. A fall occurs when a person is too far off balance. People slip on water or oil spills; they trip over small objects and electrical cords; and they fall off ladders or down stairways.

There are many situations that can cause slips, trips and falls. Slips, trips, and falls can be prevented, but only if everyone does his/her part. First, always be alert to potential hazards in unfamiliar surroundings. Spot-check walkways and work areas to be sure that no trip or slip hazards exist. Even more importantly, when you find a fall hazard, make sure that something is done to correct it. The majority of slips, trips, and falls at work are caused by obvious hazards, most of which could have been easily corrected. Water and oil spills, small objects on the floor, electrical cords, and objects hanging out into walkways will eventually trip someone, so take a moment to eliminate these obvious hazards.
Tips for avoiding slips, trips, and falls Always practice good housekeeping. Dont leave loose objects on walking working surfaces. Never leave water or oil spills unattended. If they can't be cleaned up immediately, set up a barrier so that people know about the hazard. Never allow an object to sit on stairways or ramps. Cartons, boxes, and other obstacles are especially dangerous here. Always use a ladder or stepstool. Never stand on a chair, desk, shelf, crate or box or any other unstable items to reach something. If you must routinely reach items in high locations, purchase a ladder or stepstool to allow it to be done safely. Report or repair loose or damaged handrails, stairway treads, mats, and walkway runners. Sometimes even a small worn spot can cause someone to trip. Wear proper footwear. Wear footwear that is appropriate for the conditions inside and outside. On smooth or wet surfaces, always wear shoes with slip resistant soles. Ensure proper lighting. Report burned out lights, as well as walkways and work areas that are too dark.

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SAFETY TOOLBOX TRAINING SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS


When walking, dont carry loads that block your vision. If you cant see where you are going, a trip and fall is inevitable. Post signs to warn of dangerous areas. For example, paint edges where elevation changes occur with yellow paint to alert employees to the change in elevation. Use hand or safety rails on stairways. Its the best way to keep your balance. Report any floor openings that are not protected. These openings can cause very serious falls. Keep away from the edge of unprotected floors/roofs that are elevated. If you lose your balance while working close to the edge, gravity is always going to win!

REMEMBER: HINDSIGHT EXPLAINS THE INJURY THAT FORESIGHT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION: 1. True or False. Slips, trips, and falls cause the majority of accidents in general industry? 2. True or False. Slips, trips, and falls can cause back injuries, strains, sprains, and fractures. 3. Identify any floor openings or any elevated surfaces in your work areas that are not properly covered or guarded. Are there any measures you can suggest for improving safety and reducing slips, trips, and fall hazards? If so, email them to indhyg@emory.edu or report them to EHSO at (404) 727-5922.

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